kit to join two bikes side-by-side?

Discussion in 'Road Cycling' started by Kyler Laird, Mar 15, 2004.

  1. Kyler Laird

    Kyler Laird Guest

    *Many* years ago I recall seeing a couple of bikes joined
    side- by-side so that both wheels were always parallel. It
    certainly isn't as slick as a real tandem, but I think it
    might be appropriate for my situation.

    I've been looking for such a kit and I'm not finding
    anything.

    Anyone know what I'm describing? Does it still exist? Would
    it be reasonable to use at high speeds? (I recall seeing it
    used by an elderly couple.)

    Thank you.

    --kyler
     
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  2. B17 Guy

    B17 Guy Guest

    Do a search on Just Two Bikes they have a kit to join
    two bikes.
     
  3. Kyler Laird

    Kyler Laird Guest

    Found it! (I tried giving up, but I *knew* I had seen it.)
    http://www.thegrannybike.com/

    So...how do you think a pair of bikes joined like that would
    perform at ~30 MPH?

    --kyler
     
  4. Joel Mayes

    Joel Mayes Guest

    In article <[email protected]>, Kyler Laird wrote:
    > Found it! (I tried giving up, but I *knew* I had seen it.)
    > http://www.thegrannybike.com/
    >
    > So...how do you think a pair of bikes joined like that
    > would perform at ~30 MPH?

    Badly :)

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  5. Kyler Laird

    Kyler Laird Guest

    [email protected] (B17 GUY) writes:

    >Do a search on Just Two Bikes they have a kit to join
    >two bikes.

    http://www.justtwobikes.com/dual.htm It seems to be
    limited to a specific recumbent. Is that what you
    were thinking?

    Note that it looks like the right steering mechanism has
    been disconnected.
    http://www.justtwobikes.com/images/dual_lr_red.jpg With two
    standard bikes, that's not nearly so easy. I wonder how it
    would be to both have steering. My wife and I share dual
    controls when we fly, but I can imagine that it would take a
    lot more coordination to share steering on a bike,
    especially on uprights where both riders are using
    handlebars for some support.

    OTOH, it would be handy to say "Your bikes" and do something
    that requires looking away from the road for awhile. Time to
    mount a computer...

    --kyler
     
  6. Thad O

    Thad O Guest

    On Tue, 16 Mar 2004 03:00:02 GMT, Kyler Laird <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >Found it! (I tried giving up, but I *knew* I had seen it.)
    >http://www.thegrannybike.com/
    >
    >So...how do you think a pair of bikes joined like that
    >would perform at ~30 MPH?
    >
    >--kyler
    And where would you ride at 30mph. Side by side riding is
    generally illegal on most roads, And many of the bike paths
    on the sides of streets in plcaes like Boulder, are just too
    narrow for this, and to still allow passing. Many
    specialised bike paths are too narrow, and how do you get it
    there? You probably can't put it on a bike rack ( maybe if
    you carefully adjust
    it ). So you have to ride it to your path, which as I just
    said is illegal.
     
  7. Thad O <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
    >
    > And where would you ride at 30mph. Side by side riding is
    > generally illegal on most roads, And many of the bike
    > paths on the sides of streets in plcaes like Boulder, are
    > just too narrow for this, and to still allow passing.

    Ah, but it's not two bikes side by side, it's a quadricycle
    when assembled.
     
  8. Chalo

    Chalo Guest

    [email protected] (Brian Huntley) wrote:

    > Ah, but it's not two bikes side by side, it's a
    > quadricycle when assembled.

    When a human-powered contraption grows a fourth wheel, it
    usually falls outside the legal definition of a bicycle. I
    imagine most law dogs would ignore/be oblivious to this
    little detail, but nonetheless, in most places you'd be in
    possession of a vehicle with as much right to the road as a
    shopping cart.

    Anyone who could pedal that thing up to 30 mph deserves a
    standing gig in Las Vegas.

    Chalo Colina
     
  9. Kyler Laird

    Kyler Laird Guest

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